McCall’s 7429 – Twist Front Dress

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Besides making new recipes for Thanksgiving every year, I like to have a new dress. It’s a busy time of the year so I normally choose a pattern that comes together quickly.  The fabric for this dress is an ITY knit purchased while on vacation last summer.

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I have sewn quite a few tops and dresses with twists so I was surprised and perplexed when I came to sew the twist. From reading reviews I saw that other sewists were also baffled by the twist construction. I came upon a You Tube video created by Brittany J Jones that was very helpful. I don’t know how I would have figured it out without her help. Thank you Brittany J Jones for taking the time to explain the construction of the twist.

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I didn’t plan for the beige part of my print to land at the twist but I’m glad it did. I think it emphasizes the twist detail nicely.

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I made the following changes to the pattern:

  • I shortened the sleeves by 4 inches. I was hosting Thanksgiving dinner and I didn’t want to have long sleeves. Also, I prefer shorter sleeves for work.
  • I widened the neckline by 3/8 of an inch. I also omitted the neck binding. I applied interfacing to the neck edge, turned the seam allowance to the inside and used my coverstitch to sew the seam.

I wish I had added 1 inch to the length. I normally do this but didn’t think of adding the extra inch this time. I’ll wear the dress with dark tights so I’m O.K. with the length but I’m definitely adding an inch next time.

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I noticed that the right panel hangs much lower on many of the photos for this pattern that I’ve seen online. Mine does hang a little lower than the left front when I move but when I’m standing still it’s pretty much even with the left panel. I’m not sure why that is but I’ll just accept it for what it is.

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7 thoughts on “McCall’s 7429 – Twist Front Dress

  1. I also made this dress and without Brittany J Jones’ YouTube video it would have been a complete wadder. I, too, applaud Brittany!

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